Sarah Outen due to be picked up by Japanese coast guard

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RUTLAND adventurer Sarah Outen is due to be picked up by the Japanese lifeguard after being hit by a tropical storm.

The storm, Mawar, hit yesterday (Wednesday) lunchtime and although Sarah, 27, of Oakham had prepared herself for the worse, her boat Gulliver rolled several times and has been damaged.

A statement from her team said: “While on her solo row across the North Pacific Ocean, Sarah has been hit by the tropical storm, Mawar and her boat, Gulliver, has rolled on several occasions. The boat has been damaged, the extent of which is as yet unknown. The team has however spoken to Sarah and she is safe and doing well.

“Following an emergency call from Sarah, the Japanese coast guard sent a plane to assess the situation and is now sending a boat to pick Sarah up on Friday. A coast guard plane is staying overhead to keep an eye on Sarah.

“At this stage, no further details can be confirmed but we will post further information as and when it becomes available.”

Sarah has already cycled and kayaked more than 11,000 miles from London to Choshi, Japan and is on her solo row across the North Pacific Ocean from Japan to Canada.